New high definition fire cameras are scanning the mountains and shoreline, while University of Nevada, Reno researchers are discovering new animal species at the bottom of Lake Tahoe and working with colleagues at the Desert Research Institute to document the dramatic decline of other bottom dwelling species and nearshore water quality.
As the annual Lake Tahoe Summit brings attention to the state of the lake's environment, researchers at the University and the Desert Research Institute say there has been significant progress on protecting the pristine lake, though there is much work to be done. From the mountaintops to the lake bottom, Nevada researchers are continuing research that informs public policy makers and finds solutions to the risks that face the lake's precious ecosystem.
"The fire cameras, and especially the internet backbone and network that supports it, are a valuable tool for fire officials and Tahoe researchers who are studying the lake's environment," Graham Kent, director of the University of Nevada, Reno's Nevada Seismological Laboratory, said.
The four mountaintop observatories at Lake Tahoe host remote sensing equipment that transmit seismic, environmental and climate data through the Nevada Seismological Laboratory's statewide seismic network. The first 360-degree camera installed on the system tracked the Bison fire last year, and three others now scan the basin and surrounding forests for wildfires.
Learn more here: http://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2014/lake-tahoe-research
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